An Oklahoma Senator suggested that the new Oklahoma Academic Standards should require students to read the works of Oklahoma social commentator Will Rogers, according to a report published by the Associated Press.
Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, said the literacy standards could have included a requirement that students read some of Will Rogers’ works.
We think that lawmakers should be required to read has works, as well. For example, how about this gem:
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
We think that works for budget holes that result in cuts to public education and other essential services, too.
Other Oklahomans who comment on fiscal policies have also criticized the handling of our state’s finances:
Prosperity Policy: Rain on the picnic
By David Blatt
House Speaker Jeff Hickman said when the tax cut passed: “This measure provides a responsible means to lower the tax burden on our citizens, while making sure there is sufficient revenue growth to fund core government services.” (Emphasis added).
Yet somehow we’ve ended up in the precise situation that legislators who supported the tax cut promised to avoid.
David Walters: Partisan ideology takes its toll on budget
By David Walters
One has to wonder, having been under supermajority control for several years of the most radical elements of the Teapublican party (in which Oklahoma’s hyper-conservative Tea Party and Republicans merged) and having $100-a-barrel oil revenue flowing in, how is it, no matter the cause, that this group of fiscal conservatives managed to drive us off the cliff so catastrophically?